It’s that awesome time of the year again to get out and about. Do you have everything that you need? Let’s take a look at some essential travel accessories.
Overview: 9 Essential Travel Accessories for Photography
1. Pelican 1525 Air Carry-On Case
2. BlackRapid Cross Shot Breathe Camera Strap
3. Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod
4. Joby GorillaPod 3K Flexible Mini-Tripod
5. Peak Design Shell
6. Vello Wireless ShutterBoss III
7. ZEISS Lens Cleaning Kit
8. ASUS ZenPower Pro
9. GNARBOX 256GB Portable Backup & Editing System
So, for years Pelican has made the defacto hard case for carrying around your camera and imaging gear. One drawback though, they’re kind of heavy. With the Pelican Airline, you get all the same storage space, all the same protection in a much lighter, easy-to-carry package. They’re even available in carry-on size.
Camera straps are among the most traditional of camera accessories. BlackRapid Design has a series of straps that make it fast and easy to get to your gear and get shooting.
The tripod is one of the most important yet underutilized camera accessories out there. It’s a stabilizer that can help you work on your composition, shooting slow exposures. But, one of the problems with the tripod is there typically oversized and heavy. The Manfrotto Befree line is extremely lightweight and compact. This is available in both aluminum and carbon fiber. Because they’re small, you can actually throw them into a standard camera backpack or shoulder bag.
Joby GorillaPod it’s the camera support that goes where no other camera support can go. Tabletop tripod. On the back of a park bench. In between two trees. Even works as a camera stabilizer. Tons of folks that use this Vlogging. The Joby GorillaPod it is the camera stabilizer that goes where no other camera stabilizer goes.
When you’re traveling, one thing you can never control is the weather. This is where the Peak Design Shell Case comes in. These are available in small, medium and large. So, they can protect everything from the small mirrorless camera to a full-size Pro DSLR. The advantage of having your camera out if you can be spontaneous. When the moment strikes you, if the photograph presents itself, you can make it. It’s not hidden away in your camera bag. Also gives great protection from rain and other elements.
I can think of a million applications for a wireless shutter remote. Why use a shutter remote at all? If you’re shooting at a slower exposure, or maybe you’re making a shot where you don’t want to introduce any handshake to your camera. Shutter releases been the thing to use for years. Vello’s ShutterBoss II, this is a wireless system. Plugs right into the side of your camera. You have a receiver that goes right up into the hot shoe and you rock this remote to make your exposures. This is an amazing accessory if you’re doing astrophotography, time-lapses, cityscapes, or landscapes.
If you practice good travel hygiene, you’ll definitely want to pack a Zeiss Lens Cleaning Kit. All the tools that you need to keep your camera and lenses clean, right here. You’ve got a brush, lens tissues, and lens cleaner, a microfiber cloth, a blower. Everything that you need to keep your camera and lenses clean and ready to go.
One thing that you always want to have when you travel is backup power. This is where the ASUS Zenpower Pro comes in handy. You can juice up your phone, your tablet, even certain cameras. Simply by plugging in. It’s a great accessory to have in the bag, whether you’re traveling local or abroad.
So, you want an on-site backup, but the thought of carrying a laptop is just too much. Gnarbox might be the right solution for you. It’s essentially a ruggedized hard drive with slots for SD, Micro SD, and USB. Fast, convenient on-site storage, you could even talk to your phone or tablet using a dedicated iOS or Android app.
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